Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fruit and veg party!!

We were doubly lucky here this week. A kind couple named Beverley and Ian have been very supportive of our rescue animals. This week, Beverley brought us FIFTEEN boxes of produce for the animals, from the Produce Depot on Carling in Ottawa. The produce manager Mo kindly donated these to us!!

We got the most amazing array of beautiful fruits and vegetables, including some cactus fruit and mangos! And the quails had their first peaches ever...

...and were VERY impressed!!

And also this week, the Nav Canada Centre in Cornwall filled two bins for me with their salad bar leftovers! They are going to do this for us twice a week now, so the animals will have a constant stream (and great variety of!) fresh fruit and veg.  Here are the birds enjoying some of yesterday's haul:

Buttercup came to check things out as well.

Carlton was so impressed...

...he called his brother Richard over to check things out!

And Bert was THRILLED with the bok choy from Produce Depot.

In fact, everyone was thrilled!

Genny is waiting for her bok choy. 

Nothing nice for the animals in the dead of winter than a feast of fresh produce!

Luc approved!

As did Hawkeye.

And Genny!

My friend Lori works at Nav Can and set up this whole fruit/veg thing through them. I am beyond thrilled. It was so nice yesterday not to have fill 3/4 of my grocery cart with fruit and veg for the animals!

HUGE thanks to Nav Canada AND Produce Depot. I am deeply touched by everyone's kindness!

Meanwhile, in the house...

...three Greeks (Honey, Archie and Daisy) were enjoying the central heating along with a Canadian (Pip in front!)

Meanwhile Dodger...

...kept a wary eye on Louise!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Winter... yes, I love it.

I admit it, I love winter. Yes, it is probably my favourite season. I love winter, I love being outside in winter, winter winter winter! :)

Last Saturday we were enjoying it to the fullest at our place. A bunch of our friends came over and we had fun with snowmobiles, horses, inner tubes and sleds. There was a little bit of riding, too...

Sandy and some of the other horses pulled for a while, and our friend had his snowmobile for back up when the horses got tired!

And I was counter-weight on Luc's snowmobile for a while!

On Sunday, I spent a bit of quality time with my buddy Saul, and my friend Jackie took some photos...

He was enjoying the cuddle, but was also keeping an eye on Dodger, who looked like he wanted in on the attention! The dogs are very good around the equines and I think that eventually, we'll be able to bring the dogs along on trail rides.

Jimmy wanted in on the lovin' too!

Saul is the best donkey in the universe!

Meanwhile, in the barn...

...barn cat suppertime! It is a myth that you should starve your barn cats to make them better hunters. They are lousy, inept hunters when starving. Our barn cats are all (a little TOO) well-fed, and they do a great job annihilating vermin. From front to back: Missy, Emerson, Redford, Buttercup and Keaton.

And here is Daddy's little Princess...

Miss Gigi, failed foster puppy. We started puppy classes last weekend and she did great.

Yes, she actually fell asleep like that.

Gordon likes to carry her everywhere. :)

The cats are less than thrilled with the increased dog population!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Purrs and woofs for a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This pic was taken by our talented friend Deborah Wilson of Deborah J. Wilson Photography. It was from the photo shoot we did this fall, and I may have posted it before.

Meanwhile, our newest pup Gigi is making herself right at home. Here's a picture of her in Jamaica, right after she was found wandering the streets alone at about 6 weeks of age...

Amazing that she survived!

She is a sweetheart of a dog. She does like to try to sleep on our pillows at night, though. And she likes to wake up there, too...

My new alarm clock!

My little shoulder puppy.

She has fit in like she's always lived here...

And she is definitely Daddy's Little Princess. These two kill me...

The cats are coping very well with the onslaught of dogs...

I actually bought this bed for the dogs but I made the mistake of putting it on the kitchen table. Now it always has cats in it! Amazing how four of them can squish in there.

Pip doesn't mind being on the bottom. Actually, nobody seems to mind being on the bottom.  I think it's the warmest spot!

Three Greeks and a Canadian! Left is Honey, then Annuk, the Pip, and Daisy is at bottom front.

It's really nice having cats that enjoy snuggling together. Meanwhile, I think we need to buy an extra king-size bed for ourselves...

Dodger gets very tense, as you can see.

And Gigi is now following suit!

I hope you all had a lovely New Year's Eve! Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2017. xoxoxox

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Poem published

So, I have been studying poetry for over two years now, mostly with Matthew Lippman who has been such a great teacher. I used to write a lot of poetry when I was younger, but then it became too painful for me to continue, so I took a hiatus of a few decades. My poetry is pretty personal and I never used to share it with anyone. And I still find it quite the emotional work-out to write poetry, but I try to write one every week. Now I have started submitting them for publication and am pleased to have gotten one published online. 
It's  here in the Winter Solstice edition of Mused published by the Bella Online Literary Review.

I haven't posted any of my poems on my blog because many places consider them previously published if they are on your blog. But here is the one from Mused ...

A Watched Pot

Natalie Rowe

From countless kettles, I’ve streamed
the oxygenated water, watched
the orange pekoe eruption
of copper-brown clouds
bursting from white gauze.

But I often lack the patience
to await a rolling boil, wandering away
until the click of the auto shut-off
summons me back to the kitchen.

After the alarm, I set a timer:
exactly seven minutes steeping 
so as to make neither bitter brew
lukewarmed with a surfeit of milk,
nor pallid mugful strengthened
by the cheat of a squeezed bag.

My husband will make me a cuppa cuppa
as he calls it; sometimes as a balm
sometimes as an apology, sometimes
because he simply does not know
what to say or do beyond offering
the British cure-all: a steaming cup
of tannins and theanine.

And I´ll sip it from a chipped mug
older than our marriage but
just as familiar and imperfect, and
think about the way you can
wander away from each other
until something whistles you back.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cuteness heals!

Oh boy... what a week it has been. On Christmas Eve, we took in this little dude for a very short-term foster:

His name is Felix, he is about 10 weeks old, and on December 24th, he flew from the Turks & Caicos to Montreal via Miami, his final destination being Eastern Ontario Potcake Rescue, from where we adopted Chloe and Dodger.

EOPR put out a call for someone to look after him until Boxing Day. My friend Jackie kindly offered to pick him up at the airport and drive him to our place so that we could temporarily foster him.

As you can see, Felix had no problems settling in.

He is already 98% potty-trained! That sweater had a big Santa face on the back. SO cute!

He's good with cats! Actually I think he was in shock.

Felix was supposed to leave on Boxing Day, but we had bad freezing rain, so the ladies from EOPR came out to get him the day after. And now he is up for adoption!

You can apply through their website. EOPR is located in Ottawa. I don't think he's going to have any trouble finding a home. Felix was easy for me to resist, because he is so adoptable. But as you will see towards the end of this post, another puppy is trying to suck us into her vortex of adorability!

Meanwhile, Christmas day was a write-off. Gordon woke up with a fever of almost 103F and was sick as the proverbial dog. We were supposed to have his mother over until Boxing Day, but none of us wanted her exposed to the flu, so she got to spend Christmas Day by herself. She was very good about that, but I felt bad. If I had had the time, I would have gone to visit her, but I had zero chore help on Christmas Day (Gordon was supposed to be my chore help!) so I spent five hours doing chores and the rest of the time looking after my poor sick husband. Fortunately I don't seem to have caught his bug.

I did find some time to spend cuddling Monty on Christmas...


But mostly I was having pity-party for one on December 25!

Monty is a real leaner and cuddler. He really is the most awesome dog, even if he does tend to smell like goat these days. He's 10 months old now and enormous. He is super smart (too smart!!), sweet and he has quite the sense of humour. I enjoyed my time with him on Christmas Day.

Meanwhile, here's the January centrefold!

Dodger has no shame whatsoever. 

And, er, um, er, when EOPR picked up Felix, they left this gal behind....

Her name is Gigi and she is a 5-month old Jampup like Dodger and Chloe (from Jamaica.) She is lovely but quite shy, so we agreed to foster her for a few weeks and help her come out of her shell. Except...

...she is turning out to be irresistible, and she fits in a little too well. Yesterday she spent several hours sleeping with her head on Gordon's shoulder. 

And as you can see, I can't have three dogs in the house because it leaves no room on the bed for me! Last night I had nowhere to put my legs and ended up sleeping diagonally between Dodger and Emily the cat. Because I am now totally soft in the head! I never used to let dogs sleep on the bed. I have completely lost it.

We don't have white bedding, by the way. That's a cheapo bedspread I put over our pretty new duvet cover that I will apparently never see because our bed is always covered in smelly animals! ;)

And here is Gigi's ad from EOPR:

But I'm not convinced we are going to be able to give her up. 
Houston, we have a problem...